Protect Your Skin From Aging and Cancer
Despite how much you may want a sun-kissed glow, tanning is not healthy. It increases your chance of getting melanoma, as when your skin tans, it is telling you that it is being injured. UV rays damage and mutate skin cells, which, as a result, produce more melatonin – a protective protein – to help keep UV rays from further penetrating your skin. In addition, most of the signs of aging are a direct result of tanning.
Melanoma is an aggressive and malignant cancer. Although only a small percentage of individuals develop melanoma, the cancer has a high metastatic rate and causes over 50% of the total cancer-caused deaths. The tumor is able to epigenetically modify the host’s cells, changing their genetic expression and influencing the progression and growth of the cancer. The cancer is, however, preventable. Through practicing healthy habits everyday, you can reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.
6 Tips that Will Keep Your Skin Healthy and Youthful:
- Wear sunscreen every day. UV radiation penetrates the clouds, as they are high-energy waves and are not filtered. In addition, they penetrate through clothing and can even be damaging in the winter. Through wearing an SPF of at least 30 each day, you will protect yourself from the damaging effects of UV rays.
- Wear sunglasses, even in the winter. Sunglasses filter out the UV rays and protect your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes from their damaging effects. In the summer, the sunrays are the strongest and in the winter, they reflect off the snow, so it is important to wear sunglasses all year round.
- Wear hats to protect your scalp. Even if you have thick, voluminous hair, your hair do not filter out UV rays. It is important that you protect the skin on your head from the damaging rays by wearing head protection when you are out in the sun for long time periods.
- Do not use tanning beds. The latest statistics obtained from org state that tanning beds increase your chance of getting melanoma by 75%. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in young adults, mainly women. There is no such thing as safe tanning beds – they all damage our cellular DNA, inhibiting healthy cell production and accelerating aging. For a sun-kissed glow, opt for tanning lotions that do not require exposure to the sun or UV rays.
- Avoid peak rays, which occur during the mid-day, between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. During this time, UV rays are strongest and most abundant.
- Protect your skin from sunburn. A sunburn in childhood doubles your chance of developing melanoma. If you do get a sunburn, make sure to properly care for your skin after and prevent future sunburns.
Protect your skin from damaging UV rays by incorporating skincare that includes sunscreen into your makeup routine: